Jesus is on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders, yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone! As God, Jesus is dealing with eternal matters, but as a man, He’s showing all of us today how important it is to take care and love our mothers! You cannot be willfully wrong with your mother and be right with God. If your mother is still alive, regardless of your and her ages, you can love her in these 7 ways:
Love her verbally. Men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, you already know it. I have told you before, if I change my mind I’ll let you know! Or, I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!” Children need to hear it…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! Spouses need to hear it too.
Love her physically. When’s the last time you gave her a big hug without her asking for it…or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change? She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things, including grooming you with a licked thumb! When you were little she could say, “give me sugar”, and you’d pucker up and she’d accept your wet, sloppy kiss and even say thank you! You give her bear hugs so tight she didn’t have to hold on to you…you’d just cling to her as she walked around! She changed your diapers, potty trained you, and held the Kleenex for you to blow your nose! She wiped food off of your face years longer than she should have had to! She constantly touched you! And she may have to hand you off to another, and her life may endure some heavy changes, but she deserves your touch and should never have to give that up completely! It would mean more to her than flowers or candy, or eating out, or a diamond necklace [well, let’s not go too far!]
Love her patiently. Mothers have an incredible job without no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood.No Occupation! She rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races. She cooks the meals as best she may and scrubs the children’s faces. While schoolbooks, lunches, homework too, all need consideration…And yet man insists She has— “No Occupation”. When breakfast dishes all are done, she bakes a pie, maybe. She cleans the rooms up, one by one, with one eye watching a baby.The laundry pile she then attacks by way of variation. And yet man insists, She has — “No Occupation.” She irons for a little while, then presses pants for Daddy. She welcomes with a cheery smile returning sons and daughters. A hearty dinner next she cooks (no time for relaxation), And yet the man insists, She has—“No Occupation.” Don’t ever make the mistake of asking a lady, Do you work, or stay at home? The only thing worse you can ask is when she’s due if you’re not 100% sure she’s expecting! Many ladies today have to work on top of the full time job they already have. Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things we come to expect it and are outraged that “those clothes are still dirty?” / that’s not ironed? / you’re out of my favorite cookies? / you know I like that over rice, where is it? She’s picking you up at school because you don’t like to ride the bus, but she’s scolded for being 5 minutes late! Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to love her all the more!
Love her attentively. Mothers listen as you pour out your heart, she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.
Love her gratefully. She needs a sincere thank you, and not just today, but from a genuinely thankful heart when least expected!
Love her generously.There’s nothing too good for her, we could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does! She didn’t spend on herself unless all your needs were met…she could easily do without, and now it’s time for her to have something she wants!She clears her schedule so she can run you around…she gives up opportunities so you can have more opportunities.
Love her honorably. Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. This is binding as long as your mother lives. Another command says children, obey…non-binding when you leave home, but “honor” is different! If the husband is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!
“Yeah, but my mother wasn’t honorable!” Well, the Bible says nothing about that qualification…it only asks, is she your mother! By the way, it’s the only one of the 10 commandments which includes a built-in promise of blessing!
I love the following story:
When God created mothers
When the good Lord created mothers, He was into His sixth day of overtime, when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”The Lord replied, “have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts … all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointing love affair; And six pair of hands.”The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pair of hands? No way!””It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pair of eyes that mothers have to have.”One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t, but what she needs to know, and of course the ones in front that look at a child when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you,’ Without so much as uttering a word. “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already, I have one who heals herself when she is sick …can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger …and get a nine year old to stand under a shower. Not only can she think, she can reason and compromise.”Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the mother. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced, “I told you that you were trying to put too much in this model.””That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.””What is it for?” asked the angel.The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride.””You’re a genius!” shouted the angel. With a somber look on his face, the Lord said, “I didn’t put it there.”
Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom…if you could take time and great effort for her on the cross in your death, help us to love her while we have her in our life! I thank god every day for my mother. I can never repay her for the sacrifices she has made for me. I can love her, ask her for forgiveness, hug her, kiss her most importantly thank her by letting her know how much I appreciate her.